Acquaint yourself with Cory Treadwell, a Beauty Stylist at our flagship store in Seattle. Last month, Cory captivated us with his artistry for our Halloween makeover feature, and now he’s sharing a few skincare tricks and tips.
Which skincare product would you say is a winter necessity? CORY: During the winter months, it is important to hydrate and hydrate some more! I absolutely recommend AMOREPACIFIC ‘Moisture Bound’ Rejuvenating Creme. Not only is it a lightweight crème, but it also has a time release of 24 hours! Meaning that once you put it on, it’s there to stay and you cannot wash off the benefits, which makes this product from AMOREPACIFIC not only effective but also simple.
Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, gets imperial about the popularity of purple and shares her list of majestic must-haves.
I’ve always been fascinated by all things Renaissance, royal and regal (just ask my college roommate who was reluctantly dragged to the Texas Renaissance Faire three years in a row—costume required), so I’m thrilled with the many recent pop culture trends surrounding this “royal subject.” (Not to mention how excited I am to share a name with the most stylish noblewoman in the news and future Queen of England).
From the popularity of the song “Royals” by Lorde, to the new CW series Reign, you can’t avoid the current fascination with royalty.
I always say that good makeup application begins with great brushes! With that in mind, the Stroke of Midnight Mineralize Brush Kit is an absolute holiday must. Lending unparalleled precision and refined professional quality, these four artistry tools (with their own elegant graphic case) perform flawlessly with M·A·C’s wide array of mineral products.
Three-dimensional, highlighted skin was a major trend this past fall/winter 2013 Fashion Week. To achieve the look and create a soft, wintery glow, sweep Iridescent Powder in Sparkling Rosé (from the Stroke of Midnight – Cool Face Palette) across the high point of your cheekbone using the #159 SE brush.
And because the holiday season is packed full of celebratory gatherings and late-night outings, use the same Cool face palette to create a sultry, smoky-eyed look, worthy of any occasion. Work the palette’s three featured eye shadows (All Races, Scene and Magic Moor) from the lightest to darkest shades, traveling from under the brow to around the eye. Next, use the 286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush and blend upwards to build up depth and drama.
Last but not least: For the girl that’s got it all—the “M·A·C addict”, as we like to call her—the Nocturnals Pigments & Glitter Set are the perfect “tinsel” to decorate any eye shadow combination! Presented in three uniquely different color ranges, these sets are a sparkly five-shade sampler of M·A·C’s most iconic, high impact colors.
Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, shares her tips for day-to-evening party-season beauty.
With the holidays upon us, we’ll all be expected to go from office-appropriate to party-perfect in an instant. Never fear—the simplest tricks, tips and essentials will get you from the desktop to the dance floor in no time.
Tip: Never underestimate the power of a gold shadow or luminizing touch-up pen to quickly take you from your keyboard to cocktails without missing a beat!
This Saturday only (November 9): It’s Mascara Madness. Buy 2 mascaras and get 1 free! Mix and match 3 mascaras from your favorite brands, and we’ll automatically deduct the cost of the lowest-priced mascara in Checkout. No promo code required! It’s a perfect time to stock up on your favorites—or try something new.
Speaking of madness, don’t let your mascara drive you crazy. Here are five expert tips to keep you levelheaded about your lashes.
1. Longer lashes. It’s the mascara that you apply at the base of your lashes that makes them appear longer—not at the tips—so give the wand some extra wiggle as you start before extending it out.
2. Dump the clump. Use a clean mascara wand (you can clean and upcycle an old one) and draw it through your lashes when they’re wet to prep, or use it to gently remove clumps after applying your layers.
3. Water safety. We love a good tube of waterproof mascara, but you should consider using it only when you really need that extra protection. Regularly removing waterproof mascara can be harsh on the delicate skin around the eyes and can also dry out your lashes. For everyday wear, a quality mascara or one that’s merely water-resistant will do the job nicely.
4. Extra volume. Turn it up by applying a little powder to your lashes as a base. It helps give the mascara something extra to grip on to.
5. Resist the pump. All that in-and-out motion introduces extra air into the tube, which dries out your formula more quickly and leads to less-than-stellar results.
1. Travel friendly: It comes with blush, eight eyeshadows and a mirror for touch-ups.
2. Goes from day to night: The palette includes soft, matte colors for day as well as shimmery shades to take you into night.
3. Versatile: This is perfect for an everyday soft nude eye or a fun holiday look.
4. Givable: It makes an amazing gift—for a seasoned Bobbi girl or someone new to the line.
5. Multi-use: The deepest shade in the set, ‘Black Chocolate’, can also be used as an eyeliner.
6. Best of all: It’s great for all skin tones, eye colors and ages!
If Hollywood handed out awards for best hair, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore would need to prepare acceptance speeches. We imagine they’d first thank their parents for the genes that coded their luscious locks, then give all remaining credit to their mane man: hairstylist Serge Normant.
Born and raised outside of Paris, and a New York City resident since 1988, Serge is adored by all of his celebrity clients. Not only does he make them look like goddesses, they call him a trusted friend. After meeting the iconic stylist at a local appearance to promote his eagerly awaited Serge Normant Hair Care Collection, we quickly understood why. Warm, philosophical and suave in a très français (translate: authentic) kind of way, Serge charmed—and sometimes surprised—us with his ideas about beauty, style, success and serendipity…
American beauties or French belles?
There’s this perception that Europeans think American women are over the top with beauty, but actually we are fascinated by how American women pay attention to looking beautiful, to enhancing and celebrating the fact that they’re women. Sometimes French women go too far the other way, wearing absolutely no makeup or looking disheveled because they think it’s cool. What’s beautiful to me, whether you are French or American, is subtle glamour: taking care of yourself and making an effort to play with style. I think French actresses like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marian Cotillard embody that effortless chic in the same way Julia and Sarah Jessica do.
Long hair or short?
Hair length is not a question of age—it’s about style, personality. I have a friend who’s 70, and she has had the same long hairstyle for 50 years. She should never cut her hair short—it just wouldn’t look like her. Look, I’ll admit it: I love working with a gorgeous, extravagant head of hair like Julia’s, but I’m not saying that a woman has to have long hair to be beautiful. What’s important is how a woman feels about her hair, not what society dictates she should look like. Hair is such a great accessory—you can make mistakes and it grows back! You have to have fun with your hair, to enjoy it. Fashion changes, taste changes, play with your hair.
Hair apparent: Serge styled Julia Roberts for the cover of his book Metamorphosis (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2004) and Sarah Jessica Parker for the Harper’s Bazaar September 2013 issue.
(Images courtesy of sergenormant.com)
Timing or talent?
Early on, I got introduced to the right people at the right time. I never forced anything; I never had a career plan—all I wanted was to do great work, to be part of a great team creating great moments, great photographs. Things just happened for me: I met Julia on the set of her first Vanity Fair shoot with Herb Ritts. I met Sarah Jessica on a shoot in Los Angeles. As a hairstylist, you’re in so many different intimate situations with your celebrity clients—you fly together, you eat together, you’re in a small room at 6am to get ready together. To sustain these relationships, you have to connect on a personal level.
Image or inspiration?
At the end of the day, I am a hairdresser, providing a service. When a client walks the red carpet, I don’t want her wearing ‘Serge Normant.’ She needs to be herself first, and my job is to enhance her. I am so inspired by women—I was inspired by my mom when I was growing up, and I’ve continued to be inspired by all the women I meet. The problem with being too focused on yourself is that whenever you do anything in the spotlight, you’re always judged. So I’m only as good as my last haircut, which keeps me grounded!
Serge created his hair care line using products he has relied on for his entire career to create hair that looks luscious, healthy and gorgeous. Along with luxurious shampoos, conditioners, volumizers, styling and finishing products, Serge recently introduced ‘Avah’ Eau de Parfum, an exotic fragrance you can mist on your body and your hair. Shop our complete Serge Normant collection to add a little ‘Serge glamour’ to your life.
Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, gives her recommendations for the best men’s grooming products that bridge the gender gap and are perfect for women.
“Hey, that’s mine!”
“Um…you have a beard now. You haven’t shaved with a razor in months.”
“Yeah, but still…it’s…guy stuff. And mine.”
So went a recent conversation between my husband and me about one of my new favorite products that I may have borrowed (okay, stolen) from him. It seems that my muscle-car-loving, motorcycle-riding, cowboy-boot-wearing husband also appreciates good “skin stuff.”
There have been so many masculine influences on women’s fashion and style recently—moto details, rich textures (hello, ‘For the Twill of It’ essie nail polish) and the return of the power suit (with shorts, no less). I thought it only appropriate to tell you about some men’s grooming products that you’ll want to spill over (no pun intended) onto your side of the bathroom counter.
Pre-Shave Oil by The Art of Shaving. It not only comes in a very cool glass bottle, but it has stellar viscosity like the perfect motor oil (I know a little bit about cars myself), which is perfect for shaving legs. Plus it’s available in lavender, zippy lemon or good ol’ unscented.
Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil. Guys don’t like having six different products if they can get everything in one. This is such a product. It’s great for dry hands, face and lips—even staticky hair benefits from a touch of this. And, believe it or not, it’s really moisturizing without being greasy—it sinks in after less than 30 seconds. I keep it at my desk, and my keyboard isn’t slippery at all.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap. It’s big, blocky and exfoliating (aka “gritty” in man-speak), and absolutely the best exfoliator to use before applying a self-tanner. It also makes the perfect gift for dads, brothers-in-law and any guy who believes soap can only come in a solid form.
Bolin Webb R1-S Razor. Ditch your disposable, ladies, and step into something sleek, elegant and available in hot-rod red. This razor is your new best friend and has a design philosophy like that of the best sports car: “spirit, curve, balance, energy and movement.” Cue the checkered flag.
YSL L’Homme Intense. I’m typically a girly-girl when it comes to scents (I love a good fruity-floral), but something about wearing just a hint of this scent makes me feel a tad…cooler yet still chic. I feel like I could continue the motor oil conversation and move right into horsepower chitchat—all while wearing my favorite 5-inch YSL heels.
So, next time you “borrow” his favorite worn-in T-shirt, you may also want to consider poking around in his medicine cabinet too. You just might discover your new favorite “skin stuff”!